New Delhi, Dec 28: In Kerala, one needs to watch what he speaks or will face the ire of extremists. Take the case of P Rafeeque who bore the brunt for a comment he made on the use of Purdah. He said on a whatsapp group called What is Islam that the use of purdah must be avoided as many use it as a cover for immoral activities.
In a few minutes of him making that comment, his message was shared widely and an irate mob burnt down his studio at Kannur, Kerala.
The matter is under investigation and the police say that this could be the role of a handful of youth rather than an organisation. Rafeeque however has said that his intention was not to hurt anyone and all he was trying to say was that many misuse the purdah.
In a complaint filed he has said that he has incurred a loss of nearly Rs 10 lakh after his studio was burnt down. He also said that the miscreants who had entered his studio had damaged equipment before burning it down.
The police have learnt that the message that was posted by Rafeeque was very widely shared. It was forwarded to numbers even in Saudi Arabia, the police have learnt. For a few days Rafeeque received threat calls for his comments. However it appeared that a group of youth planned to burn down his studio. Investigations are still on, police officials say.